Source: Logan White to meet with Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White will be formally interviewed by the New York Mets for their vacant general manager's position on Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Neither White nor Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti -- who would have had to grant permission for the Mets or any other club to interview White because he is still under contract with the Dodgers -- would confirm White has an interview with the Mets, nor would either of them comment on the matter in any way.
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White also interviewed last month for the GM job with the Arizona Diamondbacks, as did Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson, but that position ultimately went to former San Diego Padres GM Kevin Towers. White's only previous interview for a GM position had been with the Houston Astros in 2007, when they ultimately hired Ed Wade.
White has headed the Dodgers' amateur scouting department since 2002 and is widely considered one of the top scouting minds in the game. He is responsible for having drafted much of the team's current core, including pitchers Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and Jonathan Broxton, first baseman James Loney and center fielder Matt Kemp.
As recently as 10 days ago, rumors surfaced that White, whose current contract is set to expire at the end of this month, was on the verge of being fired by the Dodgers. White told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Oct. 1 that he was aware of those rumors but hadn't been told anything official and that he planned to continue working as usual until he was told not to.
"I'm still working," White said at the time. "I haven't been told anything [different]. There is a lot of innuendo and rumor out there, and I hate to even address some of those because they are so ridiculous."
Those rumors appear to have been the result of confusing White with another Southern California amateur-scouting chief. The Los Angeles Angels had fired their scouting director, Eddie Bane, along with three of his scouts, on Sept. 29. Multiple sources said Monday the Dodgers have every intention of re-signing White and keeping him around in his present role if he isn't hired as a GM by another club.
The Mets are looking to replace Omar Minaya, their GM for the past six years who was fired last week after the club failed to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.